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Cherubs

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by Bryan Costales external link

The fabric, covering the seat of a wooden, dining-room chair, featured cherubs cavorting and playing across the surface of the fabric. The scene was spoiled by blue crumbs scattered across part of the surface.

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Overflowing

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by Bryan Costales external link

Our three small SunPatiens® Paradise Pink plants have finally outgrown the small raised garden box into which they were planted so long ago. They at long last have overflowed that box.

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A Wall

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by Bryan Costales external link

A wall of bamboo along a fence prevented neighbors from seeing into the yard.

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Home Grown

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by Bryan Costales external link

A pumpkin decorated the concrete front porch. This particular pumpkin was the only one grown in our garden this year.

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The Dining Room

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by Bryan Costales external link

The dining room was decorated for Halloween. There was a pumpkin on the wall, autumn colored flowers in vases on the table, and a black table cloth with a spider web design.

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On Pipes

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by Bryan Costales external link

A shirt with an attractive pattern was found abandoned on pipes in an alley off Willamette Street, between Broadway and 10th Street in Eugene, Oregon.

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Many Tombstones

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by Bryan Costales external link

The front lawn of a home in Salem, Oregon was littered with tombstones. There was one for Frankenstein, one labeled simply RIP, and another for Dobby from the Harry Potter books and films.

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Doll Against Wall

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by Bryan Costales external link

A doll was leaned back against a wall. It held two other dolls, thereby creating a sort of a family.

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Fancy Tombstone

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by Bryan Costales external link

A fancy tombstone near the front of the lawn read, "Bob Loblaw; Sept 22, 1821; Feb 10,1906; Died Of Extreme Indifference."

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Halloween Village

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by Bryan Costales external link

A Halloween themed village was set up on a low table in the corner of the living room. That village included a Fun House, a haunted house, a cemetery, and a haunted ferris wheel.

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Three Pumpkins

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by Bryan Costales external link

Three different types of pumpkins were placed on the bricks to the left of the garage door. They were appropriate decorations for Halloween in particular, and for autumn in general. Their orange color could warm up the most chilly and overcast day.

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Pink Hair

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by Bryan Costales external link

A doll had pink plastic flowers instead of hair. That doll had two Halloween dolls on her lap. Next to the doll was an eagle, an outhouse, and a jack-o-lantern.

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Heermann's Gull

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by Terry Costales

This juvenile Heermann's gull exhibits its main identifying marks clearly: black feet, red bill and dusky body. As an adult, its head will become pure white.

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Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

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by Denver Welte

Bald Eagles are very numerous in Dutch Harbor, where they live year round. They are used to people and you see them perched on dumpsters and piers, looking for an easy meal. Bald comes from the Old English "pie-bald", which means partially white.

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Cormorant

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by Terry Costales

This bird is resting on an urn placed next to a reflecting pool inside the Stuttgart Zoo. It isn't caged and flew in on its own. I witnessed many herons, storks and cormorants fly into various enclosures to take advantage of the plentiful food supply.

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White-bellied Bustard (Eupodotis senegalensis)

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by Terry Costales

I was quite taken with this two foot tall, chicken-turkey-like bird. It's a ground dwelling native of eastern Africa.

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American White Pelican

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by Terry Costales

There was this one lone white pelican at the nature center that day. It was probably an injured bird being nursed back to health, or it just knew a good hand-out when it saw one.

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Black Crowned Night Heron

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by Terry Costales

It's breeding season again for the Night Herons and Snowy Egrets. Here is a Heron settling a property dispute with his Egret neighbor.

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Black-Crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

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by Terry Costales

A large fledgling appears mesmerized by the camera.

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Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)

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by Terry Costales

I have seen many black-crowned night herons but this was the first yellow-crowned I'd ever seen. They reside in Costa Rica year round.

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Semiplumbeous Hawk (Leucopternis semiplumbeus)

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by Terry Costales

On my way breakfast I happened upon a hawk hunting near our room at the lodge. He had taken some small prey, yet he looked at me with little concern. A few seconds later he flew off. The word plumbeous means leaden, dull. The hawk is half grey thereby clearly earning its name.

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Great Tit (Parus major)

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by Terry Costales

The Great Tit is the most numerous bird in the parks of Karlsruhe and is related to the bird of yesterdays' posting. The Great is a little larger and bolder.

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Greater Scaup

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by Terry Costales

This is the female scaup. Much more muted in coloration than yesterdays male.

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Northern Jacana (Jacana spinosa)

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by Terry Costales

When the Jacanas fly they display bright yellow patches on their wings. Despite there being so many of them, we never got a shot of one flying They are known for "walking on water", because their very long toes allow them to walk on floating vegetation. Unfortunately, the ones we saw were in the mud the whole time and so we never witnessed this behavior.

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Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)

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by Terry Costales

There were many male and female Goldeneyes out on the lake that day. This is a very handsome male. Goldeneyes are closely related to Buffleheads and are also found in Scotland and Great Britain.

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